ByPaul Thompson, writer at
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Paul Thompson

Hello and a warm welcome to a glimpse of some of the great movie trivia ‘snippets’ discovered by 'Bigger Brain' Quizzes.

The following question is based upon the film Minority Report (2002), directed by Steven Spielberg.

MLQ quizzes are all delivered in the same simple format. A question, easy, moderate or difficult, followed by the movie line/quote in question, with either a drop down or free text box for the submission of an answer and then a detailed explanation of the answer, after of course, we have let you know whether you know your movie stuff or not.

So, let’s get started:

What is the connection between the names of the three 'precogs' in the film, Minority Report?

"We call the female Agatha. The twins are Arthur and Dashiell."

The dropdown answer selection for this particular question is:

  • Named after friends of Tom Cruise
  • Named after famous writers
  • Named after friends of Steven Spielberg
  • Named after relatives of Sci-fi writer, Philip K. Dick

We won’t keep you in suspense for too long and for all you knowledgeable movie buffs out there, or those of you good at guesstimating, the answer is 'Named after famous writers' and the following is an explanation of that answer.

Minority Report is of course a movie based on the prevention of crime, thus Tom Cruise’s character, PreCrime police force chief, Captain John Anderton, is tasked with heading up Washington D.C.’s 2054 crackdown on crime, before it even happens.

Captain Anderton and his fellow PreCrime officers carry out this task via the 'precogs', three mutated humans with precognitive abilities.

As stated in the movie quote itself, the 'precogs' are called Agatha, Arthur and Dashiell, with Agatha, played by Samantha Morton, being the most prominent in the movie.

So, what is the connection between their names?

As hinted at the beginning of this explanation, Minority Report’s underlying theme is the prevention of crime and the three 'precogs' names are based upon three of the most outstanding, international detective, mystery and crime writers in history, Agatha Christie, the English crime novelist who brought us renowned fictional sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Arthur Conan Doyle, who elementarily brought us astute fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes and last, but not least, Dashiell Hammett, American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, who brought us fictional private detective, Sam Spade.

Thanks for your time and enjoy.


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